Samsung Will Finally Let You Configure the Bixby Button on Galaxy Flagships

When Samsung first launched the Galaxy S8, the company introduced a dedicated button for its personal assistant Bixby. The new dedicated button was a quick way of launching Bixby, but no one actually wanted to use the personal assistant when it first launched. And the worst part of all this was the fact that there was no way of customizing the button to open a different personal assistant or lunch a different app.

Like most other Android features, there were a bunch of different “hacks” and apps that you could use to re-map the button, but there was no official solution.

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However, with the new Galaxy S10 line, Samsung is introducing a new option that will let you configure the Bixby key. You can now have the Bixby key open Bixby with either a single or double press, and have it open an app or trigger a quick command with the other shortcut.

“To offer users more freedom to utilize Bixby’s handy button, the Galaxy S10 introduces Bixby Key Customization.5 Now, you can customize the button to launch Bixby with either a single or double press, and map the other option to launch your favorite app or Quick command. It’s just another convenient way to make Bixby your own,” the company said in a blog post.

And yes — Samsung’s older Galaxy flagships will also be picking up the new Bixby key configuration through a software update. As spotted by The Verge, the feature will be coming to older Bixby-enabled Samsung flagships with the Android Pie update. Finally.

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  • karlinhigh

    Premium Member
    21 February, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    <p>How nice of them.</p>

  • Care

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 1:49 am

    <p>And all the former Windows Phone users said, "Camera!"</p>

    • tonchek

      22 February, 2019 - 7:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#406570">In reply to Care:</a></em></blockquote><p>YESSS!!!</p>

  • digiguy

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 4:10 am

    <p>This goes from annoying stuff to actually a very useful hardware button</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 4:24 am

    <p>I know Android is a bit buggy, but having a button to "lunch" apps? ;-)</p>

    • christian.hvid

      22 February, 2019 - 9:10 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#406574">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>Edible apps, the best thing since browser cookies.</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 4:25 am

    <p> It has brought back the physical camera button! :-D</p>

  • SupaPete

    22 February, 2019 - 7:20 am

    <p>That's great. I don't even think Bixby is horrible anymore, i meanwhile find it quite good for some things (still far worse than Google Assistant but for example way better than Siri for many things), but i always hated there being a dedicated button for bixby and one presses it accidentally and then the bixby screen comes up.</p><p>When they allow to remap it, it is actually a pretty cool feature to have an extra remappable hardware button</p>

  • tonchek

    22 February, 2019 - 7:40 am


  • rm

    22 February, 2019 - 7:45 am

    <p>Finally! I purchased a Galaxy S8+ over a year ago and because of that Bixby button, my wife and kids got Nokia 7.1 phones for Christmas this year. Samsung phones were not even allowed to be an option during selection.</p><p><br></p><p>I hate it when you press that button accidentally when it is in your pocket and then later when you go to use your phone and unlock it, Bixby is there to completely annoy you. So, maybe I will not be wishing I had a Nokia 7.1 phone any more.</p>

    • Patrick Yore

      22 February, 2019 - 2:50 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#406600"><em>In reply to RM:</em></a><em>Why didnt you just disable the Bixby button in the Bixby options?</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • dallasnorth40

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 9:00 am

    <p>Great news!!! A negative becomes a positive just like…that!</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    22 February, 2019 - 4:32 pm

    <p>Yay! I'll not ever double press the button, so I know which way I'll configure to open bixby. Single click will be Google assistant. </p><p>I had cortana on the phone for ages but it took over my "hey google" support and I found that whilst I thought I wanted to use it, the google assistant is just too good. </p><p>Then I added some smart lights and switches to my house, along with a few google home minis. It was all cheap and a no brainer, and made cortana even less relevant. </p><p><br></p><p>Anyway, back on topic.. Looking forward to getting this on my s8 just in time for me to trade up to an s10 (although I may wait a few months just to see what happens with $$) </p>

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